5 Shows That Validate Your Mental Health Struggles 

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Bojack Horseman (Netflix)   Many might not think that an animated show about a talking horse is perhaps one of the best-written TV shows of our times. Spread across six seasons, Bojack Horseman is a roller-coaster ride through self-destructive tendencies, depression, anxiety, substance abuse and occasional (dark) comedy.  

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Jessica Jones (Netflix)   It’s easy to dismiss Jessica Jones as one of Marvel’s flavour-of-the-month television adaptations. But it is more than that. The now-discontinued show delved into deeper and darker themes, in its first season, which Marvel might shy away from. Jessica, our protagonist is seen struggling with her PTSD while trying to stop a supervillain from subjecting others to the same faith as her. 

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Fleabag (Amazon Prime Video)   Don’t be fooled by its outward appearance, Fleabag is more than a modern-day love story gone wrong.. At the core of it, Fleabag is a show about dealing with grief and guilt that comes after a close one’s demise. The added comedy and the witty dialogues here are just the cherries on top.  

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Normal People (Lionsgate)   In a way, Normal People “normalises” relationships, breakups and depression. And it does so by not belittling the issues, but by showing that it’s okay to be hurt and heartbroken. This is brilliantly portrayed by the performances of the two leads. However, we’d recommend taking your time with this one, it’s a slow burner.  

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After Life (Netflix)   " What is grief if not love persevering?” while the line was said in Marvel’s WandaVision, it perfectly describes the theme of Ricky Gervais’s After Life. The show tells a story of a widower, coming to terms with the loss of his wife. There are no hysterics or mournful declarations as you’d expect from a sad rom-com instead you’re treated to quieter moments one goes through while dealing with immense grief. Of course, all of this is topped off with Gervais’s hit-and-miss humour.